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Exhibit 3Sixty Logistics moves 80 vessels into NEC for Boat Life Live

by Joe Gallop

The newly formed Exhibit 3Sixty Logistics lifted more than 80 vessels in and out of the NEC for Boat Life Live – its first job of the year since being set up last month.

From 17-20 February, Exhibit 3Sixty Logistics, which was formed by stand builder Exhibit 3Sixty, shipped yachts, houseboats, narrowboats, powerboats, and dozens of smaller RIBs, dinghies and pleasure boats into the venue.

“The roof is relatively low, for an exhibition hall,” said Exhibit 3Sixty Logistics director Matthew Williams, who supervised the two telescoping mobile cranes which lifted a 39-ton wide beam narrowboat into the NEC’s Hall 19.

“The cranes can’t telescope out to the height they normally would to lift a load like this, so our logistics plan included using two of them at the same time to bring in the largest boats.”

In addition to the two mobile telescopic cranes, Exhibit 3Sixty Logistics also hired in six forklifts to move more than 80 vessels in and out of the exhibition halls.

The largest boats came in first, ahead of the build, with the cranes which needed the space to manoeuvre, and then the remainder were driven in on forklifts.

Andy Pearce, co-director of Exhibit 3Sixty, said: “What Matthew achieved at Boat Life Live made my hair stand on end, choreographing the installation of every boat needing it.

“Not every part of the exhibition was accessible to the cranes, but even that was no obstacle, and in one instance, Matthew had the boat in question lifted to a staging point, and then skated it into position.”

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